Opening Reception: Orazio de Gennaro’s Heads series

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Opening Reception: Orazio de Gennaro’s Heads series

March 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Opening March 9th, Court Tree Gallery proudly presents its new exhibition, Heads by Orazio De Gennaro. There will be an opening reception from 5-7pm March 9th, and the show will run through March 30th.

In Orazio’s third show with Court Tree Gallery, his series entitled Heads pays homage to his experience as a sculptor, both in the images within the series and by the materials he uses, all made by hand.

Head # 9, Handmade lime paint, graphite and shellac on paper, 20 1/4 × 14 1/4 in, 2007

This series is inspired by ancient Roman mosaics of the heads of boxers and fighters and most importantly by the archaic stone carved heads of Gargano in Puglia dating from the 10th century BC.

His technique references the “feeling” of fresco. He uses an earth palette which includes handmade lime paint, pigments, graphite and shellac. The creation of these materials in the studio is an essential component of his process, allowing for a certain immediacy in his work.

Orazio is an instinctual artist, a painter of sculptural forms in which whole worlds exist. The head here is not literal, but archetypal; a simplification of form. It becomes a kind of container for vast terrains of color, gesture and markings in which we also discover subtle passages of great beauty leading us inward. His language is multi dimensional – a landscape, a dreamscape, a mindscape, making the work at once monumental and intimate, archaic and contemporary.

-Linda Marchisotto


To see the entire show and press release click here!

Head # 8, Handmade lime paint, graphite and shellac on paper 19 × 14 3/4 in, 2007

Head # 4, Handmade lime paint, graphite and shellac on paper 20 1/4 × 16 3/4 in, 2007


March 9
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Court Tree Collective
371 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States
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